{WELL ON THE ROAD} Hope McGrath

Hope Mcgrath
Transformational Coach, Intuitive Healer, Style Consultant

Most recently in: Ethiopia

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Bananas and granola bars!

Tell us your in-flight ritual: I love books and journaling, so I get excited that I have to stay put and relax into reading or writing. Plus I love reading some favorite fashion magazine and catching up on a movie. I can barely sleep on planes so I have all sorts of things to keep me occupied. Traveling with kids keeps me busy too.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?  It's all about pushing through and trying to stay in tune with the time zone in which I've landed. I don’t do caffeine, so I need to rely on my wellness tools to keep me awake.

Describe your workout on the road style: Unless I’m swimming, my workouts are the long daily walks sightseeing on the road. I don’t make an extra effort to seriously work out except for doing yoga on my own. If I don’t do yoga regularly, my back is a hot mess. If there happens to be a pool in my hotel, I will swim daily, but for yoga, I love the website DoYogaWithMe. The great videos are perfect for when I want to take a class my own time and in my own place.

How do you keep sickness at bay? Eating as healthy as I can and keeping up with my vitamin supplements. If I feel sickness coming on, I swear by Sambucol, the Black Elderberry syrup. My whole family didn’t get sick all winter because we take Black Elderberry. Lots of water too!

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item when traveling? I would go for Thai food first if it's available. I love all varieties of asian foods, especially all the fresh herbs and vegetables.

What do you do to stay grounded? Meditation and connection to my mindfulness spiritual practice. Yoga. Journaling. Nurturing friendships and family relationships. Practice daily gratitudes.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I’m old school. I just pick up the phone and call people when I really want to connect. Email and text is fine for brief communication, but I love the phone. I keep on reminding my single friends that there is not relationship in the world that can blossom via text. I also believe in the power of the handwritten note. So I still send postcards on occasion. How we communicate is everything.

Hope is based in NYC and works with her clients in person and via Skype. She hosts visioning parties throughout the year, which can be found on her website. You can follow Hope's journey via Instagram.